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After a year off, pumpin fundraiser returns to Bow church

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  • Becca Meinecke, 4, hands her mother a pumpkin that she likes at the Bow Mills United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch on Saturday, October 15, 2021 after the event was canceled last year due to the COVID pandemic. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Becca Meinecke, 4, picks out a pumpkin that she likes at the Bow Mills United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch on Saturday, October 15, 2021 after the event was canceled last year due to the COVID pandemic. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Above: Becca Meinecke, 4, picks out a pumpkin that she likes at the Bow Mills United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch on Saturday, October 15, 2021 after the event was canceled last year due to the COVID pandemic. She was there with her twin brother and parents. Top: GEOFF FORESTER photos / Monitor staff

  • George Meinecke, 4, picks out a pumpkin that he likes at the Bow Mills United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch on Saturday, October 15, 2021 after the event was canceled last year due to the COVID pandemic. George was at the patch with her twin sister and their parents. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • George Meinecke, 4, picks out a pumpkin that he likes at the Bow Mills United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch on Saturday, October 15, 2021 after the event was canceled last year due to the COVID pandemic. George was at the patch with her twin sister and their parents. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • One of the stranger gords at the Bow Mills United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch on Saturday, October 15, 2021 after the event was canceled last year due to the COVID pandemic. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Patricia McNeil picks out an odd gord that she bought at the Bow Mills United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch on South Street in Bow on Friday, October 14, 2021. McNeill bought pumpkins and gords for the stonewall at her Bow home. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • George Meinecke, 4, picks out a pumpkin that she likes at the Bow Mills United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch on Saturday, October 15, 2021 after the event was canceled last year due to the COVID pandemic. George was at the patch with her twin sister and their parents. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Becca Meinecke, 4, picks out a pumpkin that she likes at the Bow Mills United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch on Saturday, October 15, 2021 after the event was canceled last year due to the COVID pandemic. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Pumpkins at the Bow Mills United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch on Saturday, October 15, 2021 after the event was canceled last year due to the COVID pandemic. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Patricia McNeil picks out some pumkins she bought at the Bow Mills United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch on South Street in Bow on Friday, October 14, 2021. McNeill bought pumpkins and gords for the stonewall at her Bow home. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Darlene Hill has been helping run the Bow Mills United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch from day one the church has run it, except for last year due to COVID. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Pumpkins at the Bow Mills United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch on South Street in Bow on Friday, October 14, 2021. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Published: 10/18/2021 4:57:18 PM

After a year off, hundred of pumpkins have returned to the Bow Mills United Methodist Church.

The annual pumpkin fundraiser was scratched last year because of the pandemic, but pallets upon pallets of pumpkins and gourds of all sizes are back out for sale in front the church at 505 South St.

Darlene Hill was one of the people who started the sale 15 years ago when her daughters were still in school.

“My granddaughter took her first turn on the pumpkin patch this year,” Hill said. “She had one of the little pumpkins here with the stems, carrying it around. She's just 14 months old. So it's another generation of the pumpkin patch.”

The pumpkins, which are sold according to their size, not their weight, are trucked here from New Mexico and nearly sell out each year.

“People wait for us to have our pumpkins,” Hill said.

Anything that doesn’t sell winds up being donated to a farm.

“Whatever is leftover, we usually donate to a pig farmer,” Hill said. “The pigs have a wonderful meal, they love them. I guess pigs love pumpkins.”

The pumpkin patch is open Monday through Friday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon until 5 p.m.

All proceed from the pumpkin sales go to three local non-profits: the Friends of Forgotten Children, the New Hampshire Food Bank and Family Promise of Greater Concord.




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